Adventist Church in Jamaica Appeals to Members to Report Abuse
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[Jamaica] Nigel Coke, Inter-American News, filed a report with the Adventist Review on the Family and enditnow® Conference at the Kencot Seventh-day Adventist Church in Kingston, Jamaica.
Coke writes: "Larraine Vernal, the family, children and adolescent ministries director of the Jamaica Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, is appealing to the church community to report criminal and abuse violations to help put an end to some of the vices affecting Jamaica. Vernal emphasized that the church must see attacks on children, adolescents, and adults as evil."
It was noted at the conference in Kingston, August 25, that abusers are not gender-specific. Men and boys are also abused.
Coke continues: "Also addressing the conference was Carol Palmer, Permanent Secretary in Jamaica’s Ministry of Justice, who challenged the Adventist Church to do its part in ending crimes of abuse and human trafficking. Church leaders are taking the call from the Ministry of Justice very seriously, Vernal said."
Reported by Nigel Coke, Inter-American News
Read the full story with pictures by Nigel Coke in the Adventist Review, August 29, 2018
Published in Mosaic newsletter, 2018 Q4, Fall issue